Kauai Humane Society: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The money provided for by this grant went to several different enrichment toys and tools. We purchased ball launchers so that our staff could throw balls to the dogs in our play yards much farther than by hand. We are using a few different types of these launchers in order to evaluate which one is the most popular with our animals. The dog puzzles, treat-dispensing games, and fun feeder bowls are all part of our mental-stimulation program that offers our dogs the chance to think and activate their minds while playing. We notice an increase in calm behavior and general well-being when dogs are using these tools. Several of our products also aid in teeth-cleaning, so these toys offer the chance for dogs to receive physical stimulation while also improving their oral health. Our dog pools are another product that is enjoyed by our dogs; they provide environmental stimulation, and are a favorite with several.
This grant has helped us to increase the mental and physical enrichment, as well as the behavioral and environmental stimulation, of the dogs in our care. Offering these tools is key to keeping a high quality of life for the animals at our humane society and ensuring that they are receiving the best care possible. Without this grant, the number of toys, diversity of toys, and quality of activities available for the dogs in the play yards would not be as high.
How many pets did this grant help?
Over the past six months, this have been more than 75 dogs who have benefited.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Bingo (first photo) is one of our adoptable dogs who has especially enjoyed our mental and physical enrichment and stimulation program. He especially loves our dog wading pools and will play in the water, splash around, and have so much fun, he never wants to leave! He is a 20-month-old retriever and Labrador mix who was brought in as a stray in July of this year. He is very energetic, loves treats, and is very sweet. We have included some photos of him. He was transferred to one of our mainland partner agencies, East Bay SPCA on Oct. 11.